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Poster: craven714 Date: Jul 26, 2011 7:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Other One- A Study in Contrast

nice jerlouvis. TOO was played so many times, its cool
of you to breakdown a few highlights. I will be sure
to give a listen as I read.
One that stands out in the latter era was on Billys Bday
in 89. It is quite the contrast you speak of: A Healy
laced, acid drenched, high octane fueled, balls against
the walls version with a nice Black Peter for a cool down.

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jul 27, 2011 1:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Other One- A Study in Contrast

The Other One is a classic protagonist/antagonist argument in a musical sense that engages after Phil's intro as the band splits in two for a conversation in musical opposition reminiscent of a Beethoven, Mahler or Stravinsky symphony, only more chaotic. Versions sandwiched with the Cryptical Suite and Drum solo take on a completely different nature.

Saturday May 7th, 1989 at the Frost was as perfect of a setting, audience and performance as one could dream. The Dead performed several shows in the Bay Area and Sacramento during 1989 with the May 89 Frost and the June 89 Shoreline shows all being exceptional.

The August 89 Greek Theatre show expectations were high on the heels of the May 89 Frost and June 89 Shoreline shows. The performances at the Greek on August 17th and 18th were a little underwhelming for both the players on stage and the audience.

However, on Saturday afternoon August 19th the Dead demonstrated this most solid second set performance from start, through the Other One to encore.

Set 2

China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider, Playing In The Band -> Uncle John's Band -> Drums -> Space -> The Other One -> Wharf Rat -> Not Fade Away E: Foolish Heart

The Grateful Dead performed The Other One some 450 times. It's interesting to follow the evolution of this structured open-form jam throughout all the evolutions of the Grateful Dead musician line-ups. August 1971 found the "one keyboard quintet" with only four band members on stage at The Auditorium Theatre perform this classic sandwich.

Cryptical Envelopment > Drums > The Other One > Me And My Uncle > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment

A few short months later the "two keyboard sextet" performed this tasty version from Ann Arbor on December 14th, 1971.

Cryptical > Drums > The Other One